Meet the red seaweed that tastes like bacon when you fry it up



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Bacon lovers, you know who you are. You don't just love bacon; you love bacon with a side of bacon topped with more bacon. Thanks to you there are products out there such as bacon gum, bacon mints, bacon doughnuts and bacon milkshakes. But what happens when your annual checkup finds you've been overdoing it just a little  bit? What happens if your doctor tells you to lay off the stuff?

Well you can try making mock bacon with portobello mushrooms

Or… you can have some of this seaweed.


Oh, yes. You heard right. Science is pretty freaking amazing. Oregon State University researchers have patented a new strain of succulent red marine algae (or seaweed) called dulse  that grows extraordinarily quickly, is packed full of protein (twice as much as kale, thank you very much) and tastes like bacon when you fry it up. Boom!

According to a report by Oregon State University, dulse grows in the wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It is harvested and usually sold for up to $90 a pound in dried form as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement.

The strain that researcher Chris Langdon and his colleagues at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have created and patented looks like translucent red lettuce and was originally meant to serve as a food supply for abalone "because high-quality abalone is treasured, especially in Asia. We were able to grow dulse-fed abalone at rates that exceeded those previously reported in the literature," says Langdon.

Aren't you glad they figured out it tastes like bacon? OSU points out that it can be a boon to the vegan and vegetarian market, but for those of you who love bacon and can't have it as often as you used to — if at all — anymore, it can be a game-changer.

Click here to see how Langdon and his colleagues developed dulse.